After much speculation, it’s now official. Now football fans around the world know that Paris St. Germain is gunning for the rest of Europe and Champions League glory. A young team by most standards, PSG was founded in the early 1970s and has battled financial woes and runs of lackluster success.
That all changed when Carlo Ancelotti took over as manager in late 2011. Though his team would fall to first-time winners of Ligue 1, Motpellier, they maintained their spot to return to the UEFA Champions League in the coming season. Now with two star players from his former side Milan, Carletto, will hopefully see once again a return to power.
The acquisition is reported to have cost 65 million euros. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who captained his home team in the EURO 2012 tournament didn’t seem to produce the results fans had hoped, especially after such a brilliant season at AC Milan: 28 goals in 32 appearances, and 9 assists in league matches.
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva was also confirmed to have been traded in the deal. Silva, who has played the last three seasons with the rossoneri, was named captain of Milan in November of 2011. His outstanding defending has him at the top of the list when it comes to European defenders.
Together, the deal with PSG saved Milan approximately 150 million euros. Enjoy this highlight reel from the 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid by AC Milan, with the help of star midfielder Carlo Ancelotti, who strikes from incredible range after shaking two Real defenders.